Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
You moved into a house that allows you to have an extra bedroom or maybe the kids have finally left and you have a spare room but now what? We would all agree that it is nice to have a spare bedroom but should it be a guest bedroom, craft room, home gym, or something else entirely? Extra space is a good thing but if it simply goes to waste then it has no value. Taking time to evaluate what you need and what could benefit you the most. A good plan yields great results and a space that will not only benefit you now but can add value to your home later. Let’s explore a few ideas that can help get your creative juices flowing.
No one ever wants to hinder the kids from having fun or using those little minds to create wonderful adventures but when it leaves the living room unrecognizable it can be hard to overlook. This is where a designed playroom comes in handy. Not only can the kids feel free to let their imaginations soar but you don’t have to worry about the mess they make because you simply close the door. Some things you might want to include would be a bookcase, a little seating area, and a toy box, all the essentials for a great playtime.
This is becoming more of a need than a want as many work from home. If you are struggling to find the perfect spot for your office away from the office, your spare room may be just what you needed. With a window to keep track of the weather, and a door to minimize the noise, the solution to your much-needed workspace is closer than you realize. Don’t forget to include ample lighting, a charging station, and a place to organize your supplies.
We all love coming home and relaxing with the family but sometimes that means the living room gets a little messy before bedtime and if you are like many, you would prefer not to wake up to that mess the following morning. Utilizing the spare bedroom as the family gathering room is a great option since it allows everyone to still hang out but without the pressure of having to clean up right away because you simply close the door before going to bed. Add a TV, some comfy seating and you will have the perfect place for everyone to just relax and make memories without worrying about a surprise guest seeing the mess.
A spare room can be an excellent area to build that home gym you have been dreaming of for months. There is plenty of space for weight lifts, a treadmill, and whatever else you want to include in your new gym. Try adding a few full-length mirrors on the wall so you can watch your form and keep track of your progress. When the weather is bad, or you just need a few minutes to get out the stress of work, your personal gym is just a few steps away, and no hidden membership fees.
Hobbies are a wonderful thing, but we understand that they can’t be done in one sitting usually which means the materials need to be left out. Turning a spare bedroom into an amazing craft room can not only make you feel better because the mess is hidden but also gives you room to have space to motivate your creativity. Consider adding a pegboard to one wall where you can organize many of your tools, supplies, and ideas. Storage bins and a work surface are also a must in order to provide you with the best space to dream.
We love having people over but sometimes knowing where they will sleep can be difficult. Instead of moving onto the couch so they can have the master bedroom, why not take that spare room and turn it into the perfect guest retreat. Include a little seating area so that your guests can have a little place to call their own in the morning or evening to unwind for a moment by themselves. This gives everyone a little space without running the risk of hurting anyone’s feelings or putting someone out.
Are books your great love? Do you struggle to find a place where you can store all instead of having them scattered throughout the house? That spare room could become the dream library you always wanted. Lining the walls with custom bookshelves means you will be able to easily find your favorite book to read again or add a few more to your collection. Don’t forget to include a little spot where you can curl up under a blanket with plenty of light so you can enjoy some time feeding your soul.
Whether you have kids that have homework or you are taking some online classes, having a quiet and adequate place to study is a must. Most of us would say we dread using the kitchen or dining room table because of the mess and multiple distractions that happen there. The spare room is a great option. Adding a few desks and chairs, a place to put papers that are due, and ones that are completed, and painting the room a calming color can create a space that is conducive to learning.
Are you a budding artist that wishes they had their very own recording studio? Think no further, your spare room can be turned into exactly what you need. Set up your equipment and leave room for a few friends to join you. Make memories, explore your creativity, and maybe launch a new career.
Family game night is one of the best ways to have fun with the people you care about and there is nothing better than having a room completely dedicated to fun. Include a large table, plenty of comfy seats, flooring that is easy to keep clean in case those snacks get out of hand, and lots of storage to hold those games. Creating a space where everyone can gather and make memories is a great investment and ensures many fun evenings ahead. Look here to see some other things you can do with a spare room.
Have a plan in place
Extra rooms and additional space is a great asset but only if it is used effectively. Taking time to plan what you want to do with it and how best to utilize it will ensure that you get the most out of it and even have the potential to add value to your home. Our design team has years of experience assisting clients have a plan in place that will benefit them and their lifestyle. Call to set up your appointment today and browse our unique spaces gallery here.